It turns out there’s at least one German politician that’s willing to truthfully acknowledge the threat the country faces. Following the recent wave of Islamic terror attacks against German citizens of all ages, Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer confessed to reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that people are “riled up” and “full of fear,” worrying about their safety and security. Germany has been hit by an overwhelming four terrorist attacks in less than a single week. The majority of attacks occurred in the German region of Bavaria.
As a result, Bavaria’s local government has been forced into overdrive, holding a series of meetings and pressers to reassure the public that officials are doing everything in their power to keep the public safe.
In fact, Governor Seehofer is even urging the German federal government to honestly and soberly address the public’s legitimate fears about Islamic terrorism. “What we have here is an entirely new dimension of terrorism, the Islamist-minded terrorism, and we have to have intense discussions on this challenge in Bavaria and in Germany as well as prevent and repress it,” asserted Seehofer, adding:
That is the big challenge we face, and therefore any attempts to contextualise the problem are inappropriate.
Every attack, every act of terrorism is one too many. Islamic terrorism has arrived in Germany and the people are rightly expecting us to stand up to this courageously.
As the BBC notes, the scourge of terror began in Bavaria began on July 18 when an Afghan teenage refugee with an ax pledging allegiance to ISIS attacked commuters on a train in Wuerzburg, Bavaria. The attacks soon metastasized across the country. Since then, Germany has been stricken by one tragedy after another, as the streets of Munich, Ansbach, Reutlingen flooded with the blood of innocents.
We need to “do whatever is necessary to protect our citizens,” said a grief-stricken Seehofer, reflecting on the families he’s had to console in the wake of Germany’s worst period of violence since World War II.
Let’s hope Berlin listens.